Jan January
Feb February
Mar March
Apr April
May May
Jun June
Jul July
Aug August
Sep September
Oct October
Nov November
Dec December

In Their Own Words

March 09, 1871

Despair over Financial Troubles

Once again, the financial failures of her husband caused humiliation for Gertrude Thomas; not only her but other family members were involved, furthering her feelings of despair:

“… The scenes have shifted. Again I am advertised in the daily papers and – but oh the subject is so painful I dislike to talk about, or write of it. Today is a sale of the Cows, Mules, Horses, Ploughs, and & takes place at Cotton Town. ‘All sold by consent of parties as the property of JJ Thomas,… .’ I think of Mr. Thomas, and my heart bleeds for him – How proud he was of that plantation. I had no love for Burke but I am sorry for him – I may be a strange woman but I do not dislike the loss of property as much as I do the fact that it is my own family who are having my husband sold out… . This time one year ago (see March 6 entry) Cousin Polly had the house sold at the market at Sheriff’s sale. Has it only been one year ago? It seems as if it might have been ten years ago. I have no bitter feelings for her. She acted legally – and I have only to remember that through my husband, her daughter is threatened with bankruptcy… .”

Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), pp. 362-363.